Muscle Soreness to Spinal Damage: The Dangers of Whiplash
You just don’t understand why you feel so funny. The Beltway accident occurred well over a week ago, and you seemed fine afterward. However, over the past few days, your neck has gotten increasingly sore, your vision has become blurry, and every time you stand—you feel like your head may explode and you’ll pass out.
Could the accident have caused this without you knowing? If it did, are these normal symptoms of whiplash, or should you have them checked out by your doctor?
Symptoms of Whiplash
After a car accident, be aware of any potential signs or symptoms of whiplash, and seek medical attention immediately to diagnose the severity of the injury. Some symptoms—ranging from minor to severe—are:
- Neck tenderness
- Decreased range of motion, tightness, or knots in the neck
- Pain when moving your head forward, backward, or side to side
- Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Fainting spells or problems sleeping
- Difficulty moving or decreased mobility
- Severe pain
Risks of Severe Whiplash
Severe whiplash can not only affect your neck muscles and tendons, but could also be an indication of something far worse—brain or spinal cord damage.
When neck muscles are torn or become detached, it can cause bleeding, swelling, or bruising in the surrounding areas leading up to your brain, or down to your spinal cord, preventing necessary oxygen flow. Bruising and swelling can also limit neuron transmission and cause partial to complete paralysis.
Always be wary of potential medical issues after a car accident, even if you felt fine immediately afterword, symptoms can later arise that may point toward serious damage.
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